Roger Federer tips youngster for big future on day he claims yet another record
Roger Federer hailed youngster Casper Ruud after the Swiss legend racked up a record-breaking win at Roland Garros.
Federer won through in straight sets, but did not have it all his own was on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
“It was nice to see him hang in there,” Federer said after the 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (10-8) win.
“I thought the first set also was tough, even though that was, it ended up, I think, double break maybe or 6-3.
“I can see why he’s going to be good in the future. He’s got a great attitude, very calm, very quiet, maybe very Norwegian, I’m not sure.
“But it’s nice to see that he’s very focused, he’s got good energy. Even though he is maybe more on the calm side, also very fair, and no grunting and all that stuff.
“It’s just nice to play against a guy like that, to be quite honest.
“I enjoyed the match. I thought it was tough, even though I had a good run there for a while.
“And that also is very important for me to know, as well, that I can run through a set and a half and just take care of business and gives me confidence for the next match. That’s for sure.”
The win was Federer’s 400th at Grand Slams, making him the first man to achieve the feat.
However, whilst he claims he is happy with yet another record, he admits he did not know about it beforehand.
“Well, it is impressive, but I didn’t know, and this answers the question probably.
“It’s true I played many matches in Grand Slam tournaments, and it’s even more pleasant to do this in Roland Garros, because I have a lot of records, milestones from Wimbledon or the US Open.
“But doing anything in Roland is very special, because I played a lot here. It was my first Grand Slam where I was in the main draw.”
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